Dentistry F.A.Q

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Why should you have regular Dental checkups?
Visiting the dentist regularly will keep your teeth and mouth healthy, AND will also help keep the rest of your body healthy.
If my teeth feel fine, do I still need to see a dentist?

It is important to visit your dentist at least once every six months. Even if your teeth feel fine there could potential underlying problems that need to be addressed as early as possible.
We offer many treatment choices that can maintain a healthy smile or fix minor chips or cavities. These include professional teeth whitening, fixing small chips or cavities, and correcting misshapen teeth and fillings.

What should I look for when choosing the right dentist for me?

Is the office easy to get to and do they offer convenient scheduling options?
Is the office clean and professional looking?
Is your medical and dental history properly recorded?
Is the dentist thorough in explaining treatment options?
Does the dentist or oral hygienist explain techniques for great oral health?
Is your dentist a member of the ADA (American Dental Association)?

How often should I see the dentist?
Your doctor will help determine how often you should visit the dentist for regular checkups, but typically every six months. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children see a dentist before the age of two. If you have gum disease or other oral health issues more frequent visits may be recommended.
What is a cavity?
Cavities are very small holes which are formed when plaque build-up on the outside of the tooth combines with sugars and starches in the food you eat. This can produce an acid that can eat away the enamel on your tooth. Cavity prevention includes regular check ups and cleanings as well as proper brushing and flossing. If a cavity is left untreated it can lead to much more serious problems.
What is a filling?
Fillings are made of various synthetic materials that your dentist uses to fill a cavity after tooth decay has been thoroughly removed. Fillings are not painful at all (the dentist uses a local anesthetic) and are generally a quick procedure. If you need a filling, be sure and talk to your doctor about various treatment options and the best one for your teeth specifically.
How often should I brush my teeth?
The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth at least three times a day for about four minutes. Brushing keeps your teeth and gums clean by reducing the amount of bacteria that lead to plaque buildup. Be sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride and don’t forget to brush your tongue! This will keep your breath fresh and reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth. Also remember to change your manual toothbrush every 6 weeks. Electric toothbrush heads have a longer life, but read the instructions and follow the recommendations on how often to replace. If you have gum disease, change your toothbrush more frequently to prevent the spread of bacteria. If you get sick change your toothbrush as soon as you can!

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